Nine months ago, your correspondent boldly/stupidly made his predictions for the upcoming Premier League season.
Among the pearls of wisdom was that City would comfortably win the league (finished eleven points behind United), Big Sam would be the first manager to lose his job (just been given a new contract) and Swansea would fall apart (top ten finish and League Cup winners).
Only one prediction came to pass; but it hardly took the skills of Nostradamus to foresee Wigan would struggle this year – although they did, of course, win the FA Cup.
Thank goodness I didn’t put in print that I believed QPR would be pushing for a European place.
All this leads me to confidently state that Australia will definitely win the Ashes.